France dishes out 1.1 million fines during lockdown as Cannes Mayor suggests reinvesting the money in hospitals
IN France during almost two months of confinement, 1.1 million tickets for disobeying lockdown laws, at €135 or more were issued. The mayor of Cannes has his own idea on how the money should be reinvested into the state and penned a letter to French PM Edouard Philippe, suggesting that the proceeds of these fines be returned to hospitals and municipalities. With an aim, in particular, of “social acceptability”.
“I propose to the government that it allocate as a bonus (…) the total amount noted in France of these reports of confinement violations with half for the benefit of the health sector, including hospitals under the jurisdiction of the State, and a half to the municipalities of France which have gone above and beyond their usual missions to protect the population from the disease.” Wrote the Mayor, David Lisnard.
Officers in Cannes “have drawn up 5,143 PV (fines) therefore representing a total product of €655,115, entirely donated to the State, who will decide the allocation”, explained Mayor Lisnard.